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Senaka to coach Vidyartha this year

Senaka Dissanayake receiving the  Olcott Schools Cricket Development award when he was coaching Dharmaraja College from Bandula Warnapura the first test cricket captain of Sri Lanka
Senaka Dissanayake receiving the Olcott Schools Cricket Development award when he was coaching Dharmaraja College from Bandula Warnapura the first test cricket captain of Sri Lanka

The vastly experienced Senaka Dissanayke, who has coached Dharmaraja College juniors and seniors from 2005 to 2017, Azhar College Akurana from 2018 to 2020 , and also overseas.has taken over as head coach of Vidyartha College for the 2021 Cricket season. His expertise would be the much-needed strategic support to the Vidyartha College team Senaka for many years has been a successful coach. His willingness to support cricket at Vidyartha College is much appreciated. .Senaka Dissanayke, is a former cricketer who started his cricket at Dharmaraja College, who is a top class coach and runs a fine cricket academy. He will be the head coach of Vidyartha College, under 13, 15,17 and 19 teams

During his playing days he was a batsman with good strokes, and scored a double century in the year 1984 in the ‘Big Match’ against Kingswood College . He is a cricketer who led the under 17 cricket team of the school in 1981 and later played from 1982 to 1984 for the senior side. During his school days he scored198 against Nalanda College and 119 against Zahira College, 100 against St. Thomas’College Matale and 105 against S. Thomas’ Mount Lavinia. Her also played for the under 19 Schools National team and toured Australia in 1984 under the leadership of Aravinda de Silva, which team had top players like Marlon Van Hagt, Asanka Gurusinghe, Roshan Mahanama, S. Don Arunasiri, Gamini Wickremasinghe, Kapila Dandeniya, Jerome Jayaratne and Sujeewa Kamalasuirya, the last named was drowned in the tsunami.

He was born on June 21, 1965, cricket is in his blood, and has given his best as a player and coach.

As a coach he has produced some top class cricketers and unbeaten teams, after his schooling,he played for Kandy CC for about 10-years and also played for Kandy District and Central Province. Also played for BRC and Bloomfield A & CC. Later he went to Australia in the mid 1990’s and represented Chemiside Park Cricket Club for seven seasons as player cum coach. He had the opportunity of passing the Level II coaching course. He had got through the Level I course earlier in Sri Lanka as a schoolboy.